What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a nationally funded service initiative implemented within local community nonprofits to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment.
AmeriCorps members are direct service providers.
What do AmeriCorps members do?
First 5 Service Corps AmeriCorps members provide direct services to children up to age 5 and their families to help address unmet needs. Examples of services that AmeriCorps members provide include:
- Increasing early literacy, language and school readiness skills in children.
- Provide families with resources, referrals and linkages to needed services.
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What are the minimum requirements?
- Must be U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident, and a least 18 years of age
- Must have reliable transportation with valid driver’s license and auto insurance
- Position may require lifting, working with vulnerable families, and working with culturally diverse populations
- Must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- Bilingual/bi-literate in Spanish required (BGCGG only)
What are the term requirements?
AmeriCorps members commit to serve 1,700 hours in 11-months. A typical term year is September to July of the following year. Members serve approximately 38 – 40 hours per week to allow for successful completion of 1,700 hours.
What are the benefits?
- $5,550 Segal Education Award after successful completion of service term
- Current student loan deferment
- Up to $20,000 living allowance for 11-month term
- Mileage Reimbursement
- Skill Development Training
- Career Development Training
- Professional Networking
- Medical Insurance
- Childcare reimbursement, if income eligible
What does the application process look like?
- Applicants MUST apply online at www.nationalservice.gov